THE COMMAND

 

    Jesus was taken, betrayed and crucified on a cruel cross.  the disciples ran.  Word soon came that Jesus was dead.  their leader was gone.  The One whom they had followed and enjoyed was laid in a tomb.

    The Disciples locked themselves in a room for fear of the Jews because they were afraid of what the Jews might do to them.  Jesus appeared to them on the first day of the week and said, "Peace be unto you."

    Some believe He had come back and some did not.  Thomas was not with the group when Jesus appeared the first time and he was one of those who did not believe.

    Here was  Jesus, who was supposed to be dead, but He was back with them because He lived, they would live also.  Jesus manifested Himself and proved to Thomas who He was.

    Jesus again began to instruct His disciples on some of the things of the kingdom of God and some of His commands. 

 

SHOW HIMSELF ALIVE!

 

Acts 1: 3

(3)  To whom also he shewed himself alive after the passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 

    Jesus did not appear to everyone, but to the disciples whom He had chosen.  But God did show Him openly.

 

HIM WHO GOD RAISED UP

 

    God raised Jesus up on the third day and showed Him openly, but not to all people, but to witnessess previously chosen by God, even those who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.

    Jesus and His disciples once again assembled themselves together. What joy they must have had, to be with Jesus again, to see and talk with the One they loved.  To the disciples He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the Father. 

 

What Was The Promise Of The Father?

 

 

 The Holy Ghost, which he promised in answer to Jesus' prayer.

 

Acts 1: 4

(4)  And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

 

Jesus gave them a direct command that they should wait for the Holy Ghost.

    They were also not to do anything until they were filled with the Spirit.  This was the reason He was going to be at the Father's right hand, so that the Comforter might come.

 

Luke 14: 49

(49)  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

 

 WAIT, TARRY AND DO NOT DEPART

 

 

        Jesus told the disciples to tarry, wait and do not depart, until they were endued with power from on high.  This direct command was given to men who were saved.  Many people claim that these men were not saved and that it was salvation they were waiting for.

    The Bible says in Luke that, when the disciples had returned to Jesus, and had cast out devils and were filled with joy, Jesus said:

 

Luke 10: 20

(20)  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

 

    Jesus said these men's names were written in heaven.  The Bible says in the tenth chapter of Acts, that Peter declared they were chosen of God for the Lord Jesus to be revealed after He rose from the dead.

    There are some who would say, "Well they were saved, but they had not received the Spirit because He was not yet given them."  To some extent this is true, but later Jesus rose from the dead and appeared back to them in a locked room.

 

John 20: 22

(22)  And when ha had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 

Jesus asked Peter,

 

Matthew 16: 15-17

(15)  ......But whom say ye that I am?

(16)  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, Son of the living God.

(17)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

 

    Peter was in touch with heaven.  These men were saved, waiting to be filled with the promise of God that Jesus received from the Father.

They were waiting, by direct command from Jesus, for the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

    Some would ask why it is said that this was the baptism of the Holy Ghost.  Because Jesus said (Acts 1: 4) that they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days from then.

    Many Christians say they got it all when they got saved.  the baptism of the Holy Ghost is not salvation.  Jesus was referring to a man who would be endued with power from on high - from heaven.

 

Acts 1: 8

(8)  Be ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnessess unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

    The power that they would receive was not for them to get saved, but to make them witnesses for God.  Each person who gets saved needs to be filled with the Spirit.

    Not only do they need to be filled but they are under direct command from God to be filled.

    A man who is lost is in a shameful, sinful condition.  But a man who is saved and not in sin, is also in a shameful condition if he is not filled with God's Spirit so he can be a witness of the Glory of God.

    Paul, under the inspiration of God, told us to be filled with the Spirit.

 

Ephesians 5: 18

(18)  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

    Whether it is called being filled or baptized with, we need to obey the Word of the Lord.

    Jesus called it the baptism of the Holy Ghost.  God gives the Holy Ghost to those who obey Him.

    The Holy Ghost was going to be given to the disciples who obeyed Jesus and waited for the promise so they might be witnesses.

 

Acts 5: 32

(32)  And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

 

    If the disciples obeyed and received, we to need to take heed of the Word of the Lord.

 

BE FILLED!